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Hey All,

We just pushed probably our final update until v2 (unless someone finds a bug).  https://levelplayingfield.io/ 

What's been updated:
Q1 and Q2 data have been added
Party and case search have been split
Sorting has been added
Tables now have hyperlinks to pre-set searches
We added a better search explainer

These updates add long-desired and useful functionality.

Here are some newly available searches:
All parties sorted by case count: http://levelplayingfield.io/search?q=is%3Aparty%20&sortBy=case_count&sortDir=DESC 
Businesses by case count: http://levelplayingfield.io/search?q=is%3Aparty%20is%3Anonconsumer&sortBy=case_count&sortDir=DESC 
Law firms by case count: http://levelplayingfield.io/search?q=is%3Aparty%20is%3Alawfirm&sortBy=case_count&sortDir=DESC 
Arbitrators by case count: http://levelplayingfield.io/search?q=is%3Aparty%20is%3Aarbitrator&sortBy=case_count&sortDir=DESC 

Wells Fargo parties by case count: https://levelplayingfield.io/search?q=is%3Aparty%20wells%20fargo&sortBy=case_count&sortDir=DESC 

In v2 we'll add commenting and many other cool features.  Hopefully by the end of the year.  We're working on some donors to get that done.

If you have any questions, ask away.  You can always help out by following us on Twitter.  We have a pathetic follower count - though we haven't been doing much to help it.

Best,
Dan

 

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Your links, and site, returns all errors. 

EDIT: In Chrome, on an iPad.  Loaded fine on a PC.

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Glitch99 said:   Your links, and site, returns all errors. 

EDIT: In Chrome, on an iPad.  Loaded fine on a PC.


Thanks! We're investigating.

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Chrome on Android works fine for me

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jerosen said:   Chrome on Android works fine for me

Thx. My iPad is dead and charging. LPF should work half decent on mobile devices but it's def optimized for desktop.

Edit: I get same error. We'll try to get it fixed today if not by Monday.

Edit2: If you have anything earlier than iOS10, you'll get the error. "Apple didn't allow custom html/js renderers on iOS9." We'll see what we can do quick and dirty.

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emcdemc said:   
=13px We'll see what we can do quick and dirty.

  Post a notice to upgrade your device?  

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HOW DOEs this help or impact us? What can we do with this searchable listing of Consumer Arbitration cases?  What is it for?  What is the overall purpose?

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quickfatwallet said:   HOW DOEs this help or impact us? What can we do with this searchable listing of Consumer Arbitration cases?  What is it for?  What is the overall purpose?

It helps you find attorneys that are familiar with consumer arbitration. It helps you find attorneys that have previously sued a business you're thinking of suing.

It helps you find decision history of an arbitrator.

It helps you perform due diligence period.

It allows us to compare outcomes in arbitration to outcomes in court.

It increases transparency. We will eventually have ways for folks to share more info about their case. And for outsiders to share due diligence on a case.

If this had existed before I sued Citibank, I definitely would've started my search for lawyers here.

Edit: It also helps reporters and advocates find stories. Frankly, it's hard to predict which way it will be most useful. Fundamentally, we believe in making the data available and easily accessible. The rest will work itself out. It's used daily and hopefully we're constantly improving it's usability.

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Glitch99 said:   emcdemc said:   
=13px We'll see what we can do quick and dirty.

  Post a notice to upgrade your device?  


lol the quick and dirty fix ended up crashing the site for an hour. Should be okay now but iOS9 fix will have to wait.

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 Thank you for this ... and for fighting the good fight ...

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Here's a good example of something interesting I found while just browsing the database:

https://twitter.com/lpf_dot_io/status/900498066679119873

The AAA claims that the accuracy of the data it collects and shares is entirely the responsibility of the arbitrator.

Clearly, arbitrator negligence would not explain the wholesale shift in the ACT, Inc. data.

That discovery turned into a research project to find other businesses with similar shifts and to figure out why.

None of the potential explanations are good for the AAA.

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emcdemc said:   Here's a good example of something interesting I found while just browsing the database:

https://twitter.com/lpf_dot_io/status/900498066679119873 

The AAA claims that the accuracy of the data it collects and shares is entirely the responsibility of the arbitrator.

Clearly, arbitrator negligence would not explain the wholesale shift in the ACT, Inc. data.

That discovery turned into a research project to find other businesses with similar shifts and to figure out why.

None of the potential explanations are good for the AAA.

  
Here's what the AAA says about the data it reports (from https://www.adr.org/ConsumerArbitrationStatistics ):

"Any "prevailing party" information contained with this website/document, has been provided solely by the arbitrator(s) to an arbitration. The AAA has not reviewed, investigated, or evaluated the accuracy or completeness of the arbitrator's/arbitrators' determination of the "prevailing party" and makes no representations regarding the accuracy or completeness of this information." 

The AAA is either altering the data or instructing arbitrators to not report the prevailing party (breaking state law).  Altering the data seems most plausible.

If the AAA alters the data it reports, all of the pro-arbitration spin based on AAA data is potentially fraudulent.  

If it does it for ACT, Inc., how do we know it doesn't do it for Wells Fargo?

This is a big story...

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Thank you so much for standing up for the little guy.

How complete is this database? If nationwide and comprehensive, I'm a bit surprised about the numbers.

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phisher4 said:   Thank you so much for standing up for the little guy.

How complete is this database? If nationwide and comprehensive, I'm a bit surprised about the numbers.


It's only AAA right now but AAA is by far the largest consumer forum. V2 will have more forums.

Surprised in what way? By how few there are?

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Yes -- the volume seems low. There are about 150-200,000 small claims cases filed in California alone each year!  Arbitration either highly discourages plantiff action, or it's simply not popular.  I favor the former.

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phisher4 said:   Yes -- the volume seems low. There are about 150-200,000 small claims cases filed in California alone each year!  Arbitration either highly discourages plantiff action, or it's simply not popular.  I favor the former.

Agreed.

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